January 2012  

Fourth Annual Harris County
International Trade & Transportation Conference
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will host the Fourth Annual International Trade and Transportation Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel - Galleria on Tuesday, January 31.
Previous conferences have included focus on trading partners such as Mexico, India and Brazil. This year’s conference will provide insights into the future role of international trade in Harris County and the entire region and will welcome numerous countries represented through their consulates.
Harris County and the surrounding region are perfectly positioned to become “The Gateway of North America." Our location is central to the North American continent, and with the widening of the Panama Canal and the vast majority of international trade being moved by oceangoing ships, ports in this area are sure to benefit. Ports with facilities for loading and unloading containers and moving freight inland efficiently will become the favored ports for the ever-larger ships that now dominate.    
Barbours Cut Terminal
The keys to realizing this economic potential will be for Harris County and the surrounding region to foster global partnerships and implement public policies that enhance global trade.
The conference features both keynote speakers and moderated panels with emphasis on through-port container traffic, containerized and bulk shipping, trucking and eliminating congestion in the transportation network.

Brian Beaulieu

Institute for Trend Research economist Brian Beaulieu will be the featured luncheon keynote speaker. Co-author of “Make Your Move,” a book on how to increase profits through business cycle changes, Mr. Beaulieu provides economic forecasts with 96% accuracy so companies can improve performance and profit.

To view the complete conference agenda, visit www.harriscountyevents.net. Register online or by contacting Caroline Binick at caroline.binick@cjo.hctx.net.
Latest Best-sellers at Texas Medical Center Library
The latest best-sellers, audio books for the drive home, and bedtime stories for youngsters are now available at the Texas Medical Center Library.
The TMC Library is known for its extensive collection of books, journals and other materials dedicated to medicine and health. Now, books of general interest are available as well, to make life more convenient for busy professionals and students who work and study in the Texas Medical Center.    
TWO LIBRARIES IN ONE––Celebrating the opening of a branch of the Harris County Public Library to be housed inside the Texas Medical Center Library are, from left, Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack; Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman; TMC Library Senior Associate Director of Operations Deborah Halstead; TMC Library Executive Director L. Maximilian Buja, M.D.; Harris County Public Library Director Rhoda Goldberg; Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee; and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle.
Harris County Public Library materials are now available for pickup at the Texas Medical Center Library at 1133 John Freeman Blvd., across the street from the Baylor College of Medicine fountain.

Here’s how the service works:  Use your Harris County library card to order the items you want from the Harris County Public Library catalog at www.hcpl.net.  Your order will be delivered to the TMC Library, and you’ll be notified by phone or e-mail when your items arrive.  You’ll have one week to pick up your order.

The Harris County Public Library has more than 2 million books, CDs, DVDs, databases, eBooks and eAudios for all ages, so there’s something for everyone. Many items are available for download on your iPad, iPod, Kindle or Nook.
Don’t have a Harris County library card? Order one at www.hcpl.net/about/library-cards, or apply in person at the Texas Medical Center Library. County library cards are free to Texas residents. Non-Texas residents will be issued a three-month visitor card that will allow the same access as that given to residents.
For those who wish to browse, the Texas Medical Center Library will have a small collection of books for adults, children and teens on site.
For questions, contact the TMC Library circulation department at 713-799-7146.

Taken from the Texas Medical Center News